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This is a list of past and current trainees on the TPTRI grant.

Sarah Friedrich

Sarah Friedrich is a first year student who is completing engineering courses on the Homewood campus including Biomaterials, Colloids and Nanoparticles, and the NanoBioTechnology Lab Course. She is doing her second lab rotation in Dr. Levchenko's lab where she is involved in two projects: 1) study of cancer cell metastesis on a 2D microfluidic chip, and 2) study of the relationship between chemical and topographical cues on axon development in neurons.

Liheng Guo

Liheng received his bachelor's degree in biomedical and electrical engineering (2008, summa cum laude) from Duke University where he worked on computational electrophysiology and robotic automation. After interning with Boston Scientific CRM and Medtronic (working on pacemaker production quality control and arrhythmia detection algorithms, respectively), he earned his master's degree at Johns Hopkins BME where he now continues his work on developing acquisition and post-processing techniques for dynamic MRI to image moving structures such as the heart and the knee.

Geran Kostecki

Geran Kostecki grew up outside St. Louis, Missouri and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering. His undergraduate research focused on analysing data from experiments in which voltage-sensitive dyes were added to rabbit, dog, and human cardiac tissue in order to image action potential propagation and investigate initiation and maintenance of arrhythmia. He interned at Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management after his Junior year, where he worked on developing a new pacemaker capture detection algorithm. After rotating through three labs in his first year, he joined Leslie Tung's cardiac electrophysiology lab, where he is now using voltage sensitive optical mapping of lentiviral-transduced neonatal rat cardiomyocytes to investigate how gene levels and mutations affect action potential morphology and propagation.

Sue Kulason

Sue earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She is currently a first year BME PhD student working in Dr. Michael Miller’s lab at the Center for Imaging Science. Her research focuses on morphometric analysis of regions of the brain using advanced computational techniques on MRIs. ​

Carmen Kut

Carmen Kut received her undergraduate degree from biomedical engineering with Honors at Johns Hopkins. In 2008, she was selected by USA Today as one of 20 nation-wide college students selected to the All-USA All-Stars Academic First Team. She is currently pursuing a M.D/Ph.D degree at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research focuses on multi-modality imaging (MRI/optical) in brain tumor management. In her free time, Carmen enjoys singing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Brian Lee

Brian Lee graduated from a undergraduate program in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied medical imaging physics. He is currently a first year student in BME at Hopkins where he is studying medical image analysis and doing lab rotations with Dr. Michael Miller and Dr. Greg Hager.

Kwame Kutten

Kwame Kutten grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In 2009, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Electrical Engineering. After spending a year at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland he came to Johns Hopkins in July 2010.  He Joined Dr. Michael Miller's Lab in 2011.

Jessica Mavadia

Jessica Mavadia is a second year Ph.D student in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She received her bachelor's degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in biomedical engineering with a focus in bioinstrumentation. She has completed two independent internships at the National Institutes of Health where her work involved medical imaging modalities such as electron tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Currently she has joined the Biophotonics Imaging and Therapy Lab under the guidance of Dr. Xingde Li and works on endoscopic multimodal imaging catheter based systems for early cancer detection.

Eliana Nessaiver

Eliana has been a Baltimore native since 1994. After spending a year studying abroad, she graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with departmental and university honors from UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Medical Imaging. She is currently completing a rotating with Dr McMahon researching CEST contrast mechanisms in MRI . Her research interests include all things MRI, particularly  topics involving motion in MRI. When she's not trying to finish a paper, study for an exam, or debug a feisty program, Eliana loves to stress-release with ballet.

Sarah Ouadah

Sarah is a first year student in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. Originally from San Diego, CA, she graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a degree in Bioengineering. While at UCLA, she was involved in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging research. Currently she is doing research in the I-STAR Lab, where her focus is on task-based imaging and image guided surgery using CT systems.

Jaymin Patel

Jaymin Patel from Cleveland, OH is a second year PhD student in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a bachelors of science in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He was involved in research in optical imaging and neural engineering, and also spent 8 months working at Philips Healthcare as part of cooperative education. At Hopkins he joined Susumu Mori’s lab and is interested in image processing and MRI of the brain.

Shiva Razavi

Shiva Razavi received her degree in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and worked for automotive industry at Bosch before embarking upon a research career in biomedicine. In 2009 she joined an immunology lab at Harvard Medical School where she investigated the structure and function of a calcium sensor. She is now working at Dr. Takanari Inoue's lab. Her research involves engineering logic circuits within live cells and fabricating a synthetic platform to interrogate cellular movement. Various imaging modalities such as epi- fluorescence, phase contrast, and confocal microscopy facilitate these studies.

Evan Schwab

Evan Schwab graduated from Cornell University in May 2010 with a BA in Mathematics.  During the following year, He went on to conduct genomic and cellular tracking research of zebrafish in the Megason Lab at Harvard Medical School.  Then in July 2011 he joined the Vision, Dynamics, and Learning Lab under Dr. Rene Vidal at the Center for Imaging Science (CIS) at Johns Hopkins University.  Currently a third year Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student with Dr. Vidal, Evan is interested in estimation, registration, and segmentation of high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) data of the human brain with a goal to characterize low-dimensional features useful for classification of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.  Evan enjoys rock climbing, live music, and traveling.

Steven Tilley

Steven Tilley is a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. He works on model based iterative CT reconstruction in the I-STAR lab. Steve received his Bachelors in Biological Engineering from Cornell University, where he worked on multi-photon fluorescence microscopes. He is originally from Rhode Island.

Lindsay Wendel Clegg

Lindsay Wendel Clegg is a third year PhD student in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri,  she graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in German.  Lindsay interned with GE Healthcare (CT Systems) and Roche Diagnostics (Diabetes Care) during her time at Purdue.  She is a member of Feilim Mac Gabhann's lab, using a combination of fluorescent imaging and computational modeling to study angiogenesis.  She spent the summer of 2012 at the Technical University of Munich studying multi-spectral optoacoustic and combination fluorescent/CT imaging for small animal applications.  She is currently an NDSEG Fellow. 

Jennifer Xu

Jennifer Xu is a third year student in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the University of Southern California and is currently performing research at the istar lab. Her research interests include integrating system design and physical modeling in order to improve diagnostic accuracy.


Melanie Zile

Melanie Zile is a third year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and is currently performing research in Dr. Trayanova's Computational Cardiology Lab. She is originally from Rhode Island.